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New York, July 4, 1790 I have written you, my dear Maria, four letters since I have been here, and I have received from you only two. you owe me twothen, and the present will make three. this is a kind of debtI will not give up. you may ask how I will help myself? by pe-titioning our aunt, as soon as you receive a letter to make yougo without your dinner till you have answered it. how goes onthe spanish? how many chickens have you raised this summer?send me a list of the books I have promised you at different timestell me what of weather you have had, what sort of crops arelikely to be made, how your uncle + aunt, + the family do, and how you do yourself. I shall see you in September for a short time. Adieu, my dear Poll. Yours affectionately Th JeffersonMiss Maria Jefferson[page break][addressed to:]Miss Maria Jefferson